The Montreal Vegan Food Festival returns

The tenth installment of the plant-based celebration is successful for the non-profit organization

A variety of different foods was available for tasting. Photo Tuza Dulciné

On Sep. 31 and Oct. 1, the tenth edition of the annual Montreal Vegan Festival took place at the Palais des congrès from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Presented by the Quebec vegan brand B-KIND, and organized by the non-profit organization sharing the same name as the festival, the event was an informative and fun family event celebrating everything that can be made without hurting animals in the process. 

From food to home goods, clothes and cosmetics, vendors presented their products and engaged with the public. 

Three thousand tickets were sold this year, and the two days saw a good flow of people. “The floor was always full but people still took the time to talk to each other and talk to the vendors,” said Claudia Roussy, a worker at the festival. 

The festival was made possible with the help of 500 volunteers for whom sharing information about a vegan lifestyle is crucial. 

“Our organization is 100 percent run by volunteers and non-profit, [...] the entry fee of the festival pays for the festival in itself,” explained Roussy. 

The festival was free for children, allowing parents to make this event a family outing. A play zone for the little ones was also available this year. 

Tasting stations were spread through the venue and panels with interesting guests were also part of the experience. 

“We’re proud to use this festival to present sustainable solutions to the glaring problems facing our society,” said Alexandre Gagnon, the president of the festival in his official press invitation for the festival. 

Vendors were eager to meet the crowd. Photo Tuza Dulciné